The US has announced additional sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs with direct ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with 12 companies they own or control. The news comes as a shock to many who have witnessed Donald Trump’s love affair with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The measures announced on Friday by the Treasury Department were also aimed at 17 senior Russian government officials and the state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport.
CNN (@cnn) reports, the punitive actions are the latest escalating step by the US to punish Putin’s inner circle for interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election and other ongoing aggressions across the globe in Crimea, Ukraine,and Syria.
“We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful.” US President Donald Trump said in a statement released by the White House. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin cited Russia’s occupation in Crimea and its ongoing efforts to supply the Assad regime in Syria with materials and weapons in a statement announcing the sanctions.
Russia President Vladimir Putin made some alarming comments during the Russian version of the United States’ “State Of The Union Speech” this morning in Russia. Putin claimed that Russia has developed some new “invincible” nuclear weapons. Included in Putin’s new arsenal are missiles capable of dodging NATO missile defense measures en route to its intended target. Putin’s boast this morning may be in response to the possibility of the United States placing sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election. A thing that likely will never happen as long as Trump is in the White House anyway. Putin may have been speaking in front of an audience of hundreds as he made his announcement this morning, but chances are he was speaking to an audience of one…..Donald Trump. Putin showed an animated video of his new weapons’ capabilities as he spoke before an excited crowd.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin had a few words for the united States Of America: “Don’t meddle in our upcoming presidential election!” Russia has been spewing a lot of this type of rhetoric lately. This week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova accused the U.S. of “direct interference into its electoral process.” Her comment was in response to the U.S. States Department criticism of Russia’s decision to ban opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president.
The Huffington Post (@HuffPost) reports, A U.S States Department rep had decried the Russian government’s “ongoing crackdown against independent voices, from journalist to civil society activist and opposition politicians,” a statement obtained from Business Insider said.
“We urge the government of Russia to hold genuine elections that are transparent, fair, and free, and will guarantee the free expression of the will of the people, consistent with its international human rights obligations,” the State department said. Zakharova suggested the U.S. was meddling in Russia’s election by issuing such comments.
“This statement by the U.S. department Of State, which I’m sure will not be the only one, is a direct interference into the electoral process and the state’s domestic affairs.” Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post.